When most people think of Meryl Streep’s best films, their mind turns to her more dramatic performances—the incomparable Sophie’s Choice, the intense Doubt, or her recent dramatic and emotional performance in August Osage Country.
She Devil isn’t Meryl’s best performance, but it is certainly her most fun. The film was not a financial success in the box office, but it has, like many of Meryl’s 80s comedy films, earned something of cult status among fans who can recognize that it is, above everything, just downright funny. Let’s take a look at some of Meryl’s best “She Devil” moments.
“Will somebody please get the door?”
Mary Fisher is an author who is not used to lifting a finger—except to use her typewriter. When her maid is left cleaning up a mess maid by the children of Bob, with whom she is having an affair; it is up to Mary to tackle the arduous task of doing the laundry. After dumping it an entire box of detergent, she shuts the top of the washer—slamming her finger and breaking her perfectly done pink nail in the process. Meryl’s look of pitiable pain is absolutely priceless, but it is when the doorbell rings—and none of the staff answer it—that Meryl gives one of the best lines in the film. “Will somebody please get the door?” she says at first, in a pitiful way. When the bell rings several more times, she gives an uncharacteristic yell: “Will somebody please get the God d*mn door?!” Sheer comedy gold, Meryl. Sheer comedy gold.
“I’m taking back control of my life, Bob!”
Mary Fisher’s life went through some pretty dramatic changes in the course of the film. She went from glamorous, well-loved romance novelist to strung out, sloppy flop author living in a house with people who don’t listen to her and make it a living hell. After discovering that Bob is now cheating on her, she makes a rampage through the home—kicking out her wayward Butler, sending Bob’s daughter upstairs to wash off her oodles of makeup, forcing her hateful mother to sit down, and grounding the son who is caught drinking alcohol. Bob, distraught, asks her what she’s doing. Her forceful, memorable answer? “I’m taking back control of my life, Bob! From now on things are going to be done my way—starting NOW!” To see more of Meryl Streep, check out these awesome packages from Time Warner Cable!